Just this past April 2015, during the first weekend of the month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held its semi-annual conference and it was then that a little bird sang into my ears the best hack for taking notes during the 10 hour live event: Twitter.
I don’t use Twitter much… it kind of confuses me and I feel like my brain gets sucked into the ether when I get on there. For a long form writer the 140 characters can be stifling, but you know what? Most quotables from conference just happen to fall under that happily. Nice!
“With the gift of God’s grace, the path of discipleship does not lead backwards; it leads upwards.” #PresUchdorf
“Faith in God engenders a love for the Sabbath; faith in the Sabbath engenders a love for God.” #ElderNelson
No pen and paper required. Just your phone.
But it isn’t the distraction you might think. I was able to be fully engaged in the talk, but then as soon as something cleaver or profound was said— the prophet, apostles and leaders of The Church are really so well spoken— within seconds it was on Twitter with the hashtag #ldsconf. All I had to do was retweet it. It saved it to my feed and after the talk I had perfectly quoted quotes to reference, instead of just paraphrasing them. I could take notes a lot faster than I could write it down, perfectly quoted. Spectacular!
If this sounds neat to you, like does to me, before next conference make sure to dust off that cute little blue bird and follow a few key people.
Help us make #ldsconf the number one hashtag during the first weekend of October. At one point during this past conference #ldsconf was trending at the #1 spot with over 300 tweets a minute. So great!
If you missed conference this year or are ready to dig deep into the talks after the fact, here is a quick link to take you there.
Also, feel free to follow me @wsantiano on Twitter. I don’t know how much I’ll post, but I will definitely be on there in 6 months. Happy Tweeting.